Christmas is almost here and Gamers around the world are gearing up to celebrate. While some are finishing their wrapping of gifts, others are out doing last minute shopping. If by chance you’re still shopping for the gamer in your life or you are a gamer and seem to be stumped on what you might ask for as a last minute gift, I’m going to go ahead and drop some ideas for you. Here is a look at some of the best games and gear to look into.
Lets kick this off with games first. Keep in mind, not all gamers are open to all games. Some prefer first person shooters and others might prefer a relaxing role playing game. If you’re making purchases for a gamer, but aren’t really sure what type of games they are interested in, start a conversation and ask about their favorite games. We gamers love talking about the game we play, so it shouldn’t be a difficult task.
These games are not listed in any particular order:
Death Stranding - This title will be a hit or miss with the gamer in your life. It is an action adventure game that some compare to a simulator. Basically, a post apocalyptic America, if you will. Your task is to deliver supplies to the colonies surviving in the land and trying to reconnect them through a wireless network. Personally, I thought it was a decent game, but it was definitely over hyped.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare - The franchise that comes back to dominate game sales every single year… Modern Warfare probably doesn’t even need an introduction. It is loved as much as it is hated. For any gamer out there that prefers to play First Person Shooter games, this is at the very least, a must try. It has a decent (short) campaign and offers a slew of multiplayer game modes to keep you busy. Before you go out and make the purchase, its best to be sure the person receiving the gift doesn’t already have it. There is a pretty good chance they do, but you never know.
Days Gone - A zombie Role Playing Game, if you will. It is definitely an action adventure, but it has several elements to compliment the title. Navigating your way through areas that are ridden with zombie everything. Make your way to different camps to try and help the people as you see fit, while trying to make your way out of plagued lands. It is a long game that will take some time to complete and well worth the money, although it can feel repetitive at times.
Control - Another Action Adventure game that really doesn’t get enough credit. Control has an interesting storyline that depends heavily on supernatural phenomenon. You become the Director of the Federal Bureau of Control and it's up to you to get things back… under control. Equipped with supernatural abilities, this game is a lot of fun and has an interesting story. Well worth the time of any gamer that hasn’t tried it.
MediEvil - Originally debuting on the nostalgic PlayStation (1) console, MediEvil is remade for the current generation. A fun choice for the younger gamer in your life, but also a great choice for the older gamer in your life that might have enjoyed this title back in the day. Playing the role of a reanimated skeleton, you will find this game offers little in challenge, but plenty of fun. Silly enemies and an even sillier hero, makes this game fun for all ages.
Resident Evil 2 - Another remake, yes, but this is an absolute must have title for old and new gamers that are fans of the horror genre. I have played through the remake twice so far and I it is an absolute treasure. With the announcement of RE3 coming soon, there hasn’t been a better time to jump back into Racoon City!
The Outer Worlds - Obsidian came through with a great game this year. With a feeling of Fallout, but clearly a standalone title, The Outerworlds is a great game for the Sci-Fi fan in your life. Honestly, it's a great game for any gamer in your life. Crazy gadgets like shrink rays, really make this game stand out. It is lots of fun and will give you an easy 20 hours of game play if you’re an explorer like myself.
Headsets - Just about anything by Astro is recommended. Astro is well known for their high quality headsets. With added abilities to tune your headset for the games you’re playing, comfort and durability, you really can’t go wrong with the Astro brand. Seriously, they might seem a bit steep in the pricing department, but they are well worth it.
I would also recommend the Sony PlayStation Golds, but the original Golds are they way to go. The new version of PS Golds are ok, but have a tendency to cut in and out. Mainly the mic seems to cut out and the range is short. Take what you will from that.
Controllers - While the standard DualShock 4 is a great controller, some gamers might want a little extra oomph. There are a slew of “pro” controllers out there, but not all are created equally. If you’re really trying to hook up the Gamer in your life, I highly recommend The Astro C40. The first controller from Astro runs around $200 USD, but it is well worth the price for anyone that takes FPS gaming seriously. It is incredibly durable and responsive. It can be fine tuned for even more precision and the buttons are mappable. The only thing that might discourage someone from purchase, is the size of the controller. It isn’t ideal for small hands.
I also recommend controllers made by Scuf. Scuf has been making pro controllers for a long time and you’ll them to range in price between $100-$250 USD. The more you spend the more you get out of the controller, but that doesn’t mean you’ll need all the bells and whistles. Scuf is a durable controller maker, but not as durable as Astro. Either way, your gamer will pleased with one of these controllers.
If your gamer needs to expand their storage, you can check out internal and external hard drives for their console as well. I recommend checking out Seagate products. They offer a large assortment of hard drives that are cost friendly and good quality. Just make sure it is in fact compatible with your console. If you want to help speed up load times, look for a HD that has a faster RPM. It makes a huge difference and your gamer will notice.
This wraps up my holiday list for PlayStation gamers, this Christmas. It isn’t easy to compile these lists as we have to take into consideration, the large amount of products available. I hope this guide helps you in your journey to shopping for your gamer, but if nothing else, it should at least spark a pleasant conversation. Thanks for reading and please feel free to add anything you feel could help with gaming gift ideas.
Merry Christmas and Happy New year!